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Xiaomi’s smart Mi TV 2S is almost ridiculously thin

Xiaomi’s smart Mi TV 2S is almost ridiculously thin

It seems that the "thinnest" craze from smartphones have now infected smart TVs. Trying to make display panels seemingly disappear into our living room walls, manufacturers have started to squeeze their TVs to almost insane sizes. The latest to do so is Xiaomi, who has just outed its Mi TV 2S, barely half a year since it launched the Mi TV 2. This latest model crams a 4K resolution display, an Android-based MIUI TV OS, and Xiaomi's own sound system into a 9.9 mm frame.

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Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

This afternoon Google announced their financial Q2 2015 results, including big-time growth in mobile business. According to Google's CFO Ruth Porat, the company is showing strong Q2 results, which "reflect continued growth across the breadth of our products, most notably core search, where mobile stood out." Google representatives continue to gush about growth in the mobile sector, making it very clear where Google's future is. Not just in the internet, but in mobile devices. Software, but in software that tends to the mobile user first and foremost.

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Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Inside the preview software for Android M, users are able to enact a feature which removes unnecessary icons from their status bar. Why is this a big deal? Because up until now, icons from all manner of apps - intrusive or otherwise - have commanded said status bar. This is one of the few remaining places where a "stock" Android user no control. Until now. Now you'll be able to knock out whatever you don't want - and keep the rest. *EDIT: ALMOST whatever, not entirely whatever. Nearly whatever.

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Android M will have visual voicemail feature

Android M will have visual voicemail feature

If you've used Google Voice at any point, you're aware of how wonderful voicemail could be. The controls make it a lot easier to handle voicemails than dialing in and using the dial pad to toggle between messages. Odds are you've accidentally deleted a message you wanted to archive at least once. Android M, the yet-unnamed version of Android that currently sits as a developer preview, will be bringing that kind of voicemail control, eliminating the need for third-party apps, it has been revealed.

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Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Motorola will be following up on their first wildly successful "round" smartwatch, Moto 360, with a smartwatch that is, indeed, truly round. The information we've been passed today mixed with the details leaked over the past few weeks create a smartwatch that's tweaked ever-so-slightly. This device, tentatively titled "Moto 360 2", will follow up on the original with a body and software that will not put its predecessor out to pasture. Instead, Motorola will present a device that sits nicely beside the Moto 360 to present a two-tier smartwatch release approach.

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OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

Microsoft has just announced updates for its mobile OneNote apps for both iOS and Android, each available now in their respective app stores. On the iOS side, the iPhone and iPad versions have been merged into a single, universal app. This means iPhone users can simply download the update, while iPad owners will need to delete their current app, and install the new unified version. For Android, one of the most requested features has finally been addressed: the ability to move and copy pages with ease.

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HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

This morning HBO updated their HBO NOW app to work on a wider variety of devices, including most modern Android devices. This widens the number of devices the app works on by a whole lot. Previously only working on Apple devices, this HBO content app now works in Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android Tablets, Android smartphones, and the Amazon Fire Tablet lineup. HBO also suggested that they'll be bringing the app to Amazon Fire TV soon alongside a version for Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google's Chromecast.

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Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung's first round smartwatch's details arrive in the form of early developer specifications. What we're looking at here is more than just the first wave of software specs - here we've got a set of hardware specs as well. The resting conglomeration of details has us understanding more about this smartwatch than we usually are able to glean from a smartwatch that's just been launched. It's expected that this "Samsung Gear A" will be launched directly alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

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Motorola teases July 28 announcement, new Moto inbound

Motorola teases July 28 announcement, new Moto inbound

Motorola has just sent out press invites to a July 28th event that promises to "change our relationship status." Other than the coy message, there's few details about what will be announced, except for that events will be held in both New York City and London. Seeing as how the last 48 hours alone have seen leaks of both the new Moto G and Moto X, it seems likely we'll be hearing about a new phone.

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Marshall debuts London, an Android phone build for rock & roll

Marshall debuts London, an Android phone build for rock & roll

Marshall, the company most known for their guitar amps, has just announced its first Android smartphone, and it features a focus on music that will make other devices claiming the same more than a bit envious. The phone is called London, and while it's styled to resemble a guitar amp, it actually comes from Marshall's headphones division. With two headphone jacks on the top, dual front-facing speakers, and even a dedicated M button for accessing music, the London is a phone that marches to its own tune.

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